Love the subject matter but did not enjoy this book. Reads with the literary maturity of a high school essay. Random and disjointed thoughts, odd references to modern times, heavy religious overtones, and squirrelly narration made this my least favorite audiobook to date (of nearly 100 titles).
A great review or restatement of information for a long time fan of the time period and historical people. .
I first became interested in the royal society from reading Neal Stephenson's' Baroque cycle. An exquisitely researched and written historical fiction novel.
For the first chapter of the book I was really worried that his soft and melodic tone would cause me to fall asleep. He is however a great narrator and I found his performance and presentation to be interesting,energetic and done in an excellent tone that matched what he was reading.
No, but It was a great book to listen to bit by bit. Chapters are shortish about 12 minutes on average so it made picking up and or stopping very easy.
If you like science and want some more science history; this is a nice choice. I don't finish a ton of books, but I made it all the way through in a relatively short period. Now on to some Einstein vs Bohr.
I really liked the descriptions of how life was in this time. Very clear and accurate picture.
Learning how paranoid newton was of his rivals
Leibnitz was an amazing mathematician who never got his due because of newton and the way life unfolded for him....
No - the story just stuck with me for days after finishing it
narrator was good
Narrator kept it interesting if a bit condescending
Will put I my short list of books to listen to again.
Historical fiction had nothing on the history of our world view.
I will recommend this book other science geeks,
This is quite simply an amazing exploration of the history of science and the great minds that drove it's unceasing progress. It made my top ten audiobooks (of of more than 200 over four years). This is science history brought to life and a good purchase for anyone with an interest in science or just needs a gripping narrative to draw them into the book.
The book offers a decent, general overview of the changes at work in European intellectual life in the latter half of the 17th century. The book is for the general reader; anyone with much knowledge about the history of science or of European history in general is likely to find the first half of the book a little tedious, but the presentation is probably helpful for younger or less informed readers. The drawback is the 'characterful' (read Hammy) reader whose forced, overripe performance makes the book sound silly and superficial. The book deserved better.
When I find myself eager to talk about the contents of a book I consider it to be an excellent read. This book caused me to annoy many friends. I hope I can find the time to listen again.
Meh. I feel churlish giving Alan Sklar a bad review because there is clearly a lot of effort there, but try less hard, please, Mr. Sklar. The little chuckles and rolling intonations distract from listening to the story and make you as the reader feel condescended to.
The rivalry between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke and the patient help of Edmund Halley were the most interesting parts but the book dawdled far too long on breathless descriptions about how "It was REALLY different back then!"
Stagey. We want to hear the author, not the narrator.